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Born and raised in western PA, Katie earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training at Penn State and interned for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She earned her postgrad degree in athletic training at the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, AZ and provided health services for student athletes at a Phoenix area high school. She is an athletic trainer for local universities and an adjunct professor of kinesiology.
Katie is committed to creating protections for women and families including equal pay, affordable child care, livable wage and paid family leave. She believes that if federal protections cannot be implemented, state legislators should be working tirelessly to ensure these freedoms are available to everyone.
She resides in Royersford with her husband Trevor, who also works for a University.
Read more on Katie's website.
From local activism to my candidacy for State Senate, it is my firm belief that coming together as a community will push for the change we need in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania needs balance and steadiness in its legislature, with real solutions implemented in our neighborhoods. We can accomplish this by joining together as friends and neighbors to ensure Harrisburg is held accountable, and our communities are at their best.
Effective Healthcare & Education
The ability to provide adequate healthcare and quality education for families of all Pennsylvanians is not a privilege. It is a public resource that should be provided to all working families. My goal is to ensure this becomes the standard without overtaxing hardworking Pennsylvanians, particularly those within the 44th District.
For too long Harrisburg has been mired in bureaucracy and special interests, resulting in imbalance and inefficiency. With a legislature composed of only 18.2% women, positively impactful, effective legislation for the public is not passed and our communities suffer. I will work tirelessly to ensure that the supermajority is broken up and our system is fixed for all residents of the 44th District and Pennsylvanians statewide.
To flip PA’s state legislative chambers, Democrats need to win 4 Senate seats and 9 House seats. Momentum is on our side: in 2018, Democrats broke a Republican supermajority in the Senate and flipped a dozen State House seats. We can build on this energy to flip at least one chamber in 2020.
Flipping a chamber would give Democrats a critical seat at the redistricting table, particularly for Congressional redistricting. Republican state legislators have brutally gerrymandered PA’s Congressional districts. And the political commission in PA that draws state legislative maps has also permitted terribly gerrymandered maps. As an example, in 2018, PA’s Democratic State House candidates received 54% of the vote, but only won 45% of the seats. We can prevent this from happening again by flipping a chamber and ensuring that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting.
Flipping a chamber blue is especially important because the PA Governor does not have veto power over state legislative maps. So while Democratic Governor Wolf will be in office during the next round of redistricting, we’ll still need Democratic control of a chamber to have a say in the outcome.
These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected to the PA state legislature in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.